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Age Of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil
Age Of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil
Great explanations of technical concepts that will influence the future by an incredible entrepreneur. Cool info on the beginnings of Luddites and some possible revolutionary influences on the brain and music. In the future... entertainment = VR, philosophical question = What is human/alive/sentient, computer = ubiquitious network, education = VR and chiplants, business = creation of new knowledge with educators as most important, arts = done by machines, health = longer life w/ implants/transplants/replants. What about ethical consulting, Ray ??? Interesting proposal for Kurzweil's Law of accellerating returns. Computers think, but humans learn much faster than artificial… Read more
A Social History of American Technology by Ruth Schwartz Cowan
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Broad, July 29 1999
Very broad overview of American technology starting with the beginning of the United States all the way through fairly current biotechnology. There are a few good stories in here and the second half is by far the best. I really liked the sections on the railroad, the automobile, radio communication, penicillin, and the section on the birth control pill was by far the best. Is it true that doctors and researchers weren't allowed to talk about birth control till past the early 1950's in the United States? Here's an interesting quote...
"In short, by 1880 if by some weird accident all the batteries that generated electricity for telegraph lines had suddenly run out, the… Read more
The Psychology Of Everyday Things by Don Norman
2.0 out of 5 stars What a whiner!, July 29 1999
A pretty annoyjng whiny book about industrial design. The seven stages of action: forming the goal, forming the intention, specifying the action, executing the action, perceiving the state of the world, interpreting the state of the world, evaluating the outcome. All these are done with every action done by humans.